Pamela Atkinson, long-time advocate for homeless and refugees, named inaugural recipient
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 25, 2019) — Today the Salt Lake Chamber announced a new award that honors exceptional community leaders. Named after the former president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, the Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award recognizes an outstanding leader who has made our local community and Utah better. Pamela Atkinson has been named the inaugural recipient of the Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award. Atkinson will be recognized during the Giant in our City event on May 31, 2019, where Fred Lampropoulos will be honored as the 40th Giant in our City.
“As a tireless advocate for the homeless and refugees of Utah, Pamela Atkinson is a champion of social good,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “Her dedication to bettering the lives of Utahns most in need has not only improved the lives of those she considers friends, but has also created change at both the state and local level to ensure those less fortunate have an opportunity for success. I could not think of anyone more deserving of the first-ever Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award than Pamela Atkinson.”
Atkinson first came to the United States in 1961 after becoming a registered nurse in the UK and working in the Torres Strait Islands in Australia. After working and living in Pennsylvania, California, Washington and Oregon, she was recruited to Utah to work for Intermountain Healthcare at LDS Hospital.
She became vice president of Mission Services for Intermountain and oversaw community benefits, charitable giving and philanthropy for Utah’s nonprofit healthcare system. She has spent that past two decades making a difference in the lives of all Utahns but especially in the lives of homeless Utahns.
Atkinson served on the State Board of Regents for ten years. She has also served on the State Board of Education and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board. She now serves on the State Homeless Coordinating Committee, Utah Coalition Against Pornography, Envision Utah, and the Refugee Services Advisory Board.
To learn more about the Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award or to register for the Giant in our City event, visit: slchamber.com/giant.